LBP Football offers the very best professional coaching & opportunities to boys & Girls Aged U6-U16.

LBP players benefit from Invitation-only Squads, UEFA Qualified Coaches, & Premium 3/4G Facilities, plus a Bespoke Curriculum & Philosophy designed to maximise each player’s individual development.

Our approach, inspired partly by the famed AFC Ajax academy, is underpinned by the principles of adaptability, purposeful-practice, self-belief and a desire to learn.

We also have specialist experience working with younger players born late in the academic year (Relative Age Effect) & have helped 1000s of younger players thrive among their older, bigger peers (see below).

And our giant Holiday Camps at the FIFA rated Meadowbank Stadium in Dorking are some of the most popular in Surrey!

From its launch in the Summer of 2016, LBP has grown to 6 centres across Surrey and Sussex, including venues in Dorking, Walton-on-Thames, and Crawley.

In Dorking, we also have Elite Centres on Mondays & Tuesdays plus a Goalkeeper Centre on Thursdays.  

Membership also includes: free Adidas Match Kit, Futsal opportunities,  Discounted Holiday Camps, Showcase Games, Speed Training and Nutritional & Physiotherapy advice.

There’s also the opportunity to play in Inter-centre games.

Close links to pro-clubs means we can invite scouts to watch players or send them for trials.

LBP players have had great success: securing places in the academies at Fulham, Brighton, AFC Wimbledon and Crystal Palace, representing county teams including Surrey and Sussex, and making significant advances in their club football.

But, most importantly, LBP PLAYERS love coming to training!

The Relative Age Effect has been…

…demonstrated in numerous sports around the world, but particularly in elite youth football.

In 2009 57% of Premier League academy players had birthdays in September – December, 29% were born in January – April, while those born in May – August accounted for only 14%.

And Elite Player Performance Plan research from 2013 proved little had changed, where at academies of Premier League and Category One clubs, of those aged between Under-9 and Under-21, 45% of players were born in Q1, while only 10% had birthdays in Q4 (Elite Player Performance Plan research, 2013)

So with a bias towards the older children in a group, how many potential stars of the future are being lost to the system at an early stage? The best players can’t all be born between September and December!

And FA research has found evidence of RAE throughout the grassroots game – i.e. teams finishing at the top of their league have a higher proportion of ‘older’ children than those finishing lower down.

In fact, the FA considered the Relative Age Effect to be so serious that, after comprehensive research led by youth football expert Nick Levett, it was recommended that all youth club football be moved to a January to December selection year. But this recommendation was never implemented.